THE FIGHT AGAINST 'UNFAIR' FEDERAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION BILL

THE FIGHT AGAINST 'UNFAIR' FEDERAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION BILL

THE Australian Lawyers Allinace (ALA), Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) have joined forces in fighting proposed amendments to the federal workers' compensation scheme, stating the changes are a 'retrograde step for Queensland' that will result in higher an...

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LAWYERS URGE FOR ESTATE PROTECTION AGAINST DEMENTIA

LAWYERS URGE FOR ESTATE PROTECTION AGAINST DEMENTIA

IN LIGHT of recent mental health findings, Brisbane litigation lawyers are advising families to keep a close eye on their own affairs, and the affairs of those dear to them.
Reports have indicated dementia to be a disease on the rise, with the number of total sufferers in Australia expected to reach 900,000 from the current 340,000 wit...

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LAWYER CELEBRATED AT 2015 PHILANTHROPY AWARDS

LAWYER CELEBRATED AT 2015 PHILANTHROPY AWARDS

A LAWYER from Coorparoo, a student from St Margaret's Anglican College, a senior vice president from Morgans Financial and Brisbane Airport Corporation were honoured at the Queensland Community Foundation's (QCF) 2015 Philanthropy Week Awards. The awards were presented by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities w...

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CREEVEY RUSSELL ON THE MOVE

CREEVEY RUSSELL ON THE MOVE

CREEVEY Russell Lawyers has snapped up a half floor tenancy in the heart of the Brisbane CBD financial precinct to accommodate its growing business. The full service law firm has relocated from premises in Adelaide Street in the city to the 24th floor of a prestige office tower at 300 Queen Street, adjacent to Post Office Square. Cree...

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QLS APPOINTS NEW CEO

QLS APPOINTS NEW CEO

THE Queensland Law Society (QLS) has appointed Amelia Hodge as its new CEO, following the departure of Noela L'Estrange on June 30. Hodge will step into her new role at the incorporated society on July 20, bringing more than 25 years of legal and governance experience. QLS president Michael Fitzgerald says Hodge will contribute a ...

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CELEBRATING A CENTURY IN BUSINESS

CELEBRATING A CENTURY IN BUSINESS

IT'S a law firm that has operated through two world wars and a Depression, and survived. This year, Brisbane-based Delaney and Delaney continues to beat the odds as it celebrates 100 years in operation. Founded in 1915 by William George Delaney, the firm has grown from a small office in Ipswich to a business employing seven solici...

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SALARY INCREASES FOR LAWYERS UNLIKELY

SALARY INCREASES FOR LAWYERS UNLIKELY

CONTRACT and permanent legal jobs will increase in the year ahead, but Hays Legal warns professionals not to expect big salary increases during this period. According to the 2015 Hays Salary Guide, 22 per cent of legal professionals can expect a salary increase of three per cent or more in their next review. However the vast majority (65 ...

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ETHICS CENTRE LEVELS NO BLAME IN CARMODY AFFAIR

ETHICS CENTRE LEVELS NO BLAME IN CARMODY AFFAIR

AN ethics expert says criticism should not be laid upon those embroiled in the Queensland Supreme Court controversy and believes all involved are acting for the sake of maintaining and enhancing confidence in the judiciary. Looking from the outside in, St James Ethics Centre's executive director Doctor Simon Longstaff (pictured below)...

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WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD, NO LONGER STAYS ON THE FIELD

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD, NO LONGER STAYS ON THE FIELD

ALTHOUGH it is generally accepted that sporting players assume the risk of injury when they compete, it is evident that more athletes are apportioning blame and seeking opportunity for harms inflicted on the field. Brisbane sport lawyer and former NRL player Tim Fuller (pictured below) says it is no longer the view that athletes should ac...

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SLATER AND GORDON FINALISE $1.23B DEAL

SLATER AND GORDON FINALISE $1.23B DEAL

SLATER and Gordon Limited (ASX:SGH) has finalised its $1.23 billion acquisition of UK legal technology company Quindell. The firm signalled its intention to purchase the company's Professional Services Division (PSD) in March, and was given the green light by British regulators last month. Slater and Gordon managing director Andre...

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JUGGLING LAW WITH MOTHERHOOD AND GIVING BACK

JUGGLING LAW WITH MOTHERHOOD AND GIVING BACK

JENNIFER Hetherington has worked as a lawyer for close to 20 years and one of the difficulties has been balancing her demanding career with motherhood and her passion-fuelled work in the community. However the founder and principal of Hetherington Lawyers has mastered the juggling act, dividing her time between running a successful practi...

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CLAYTON UTZ LAUNCHES APP TO KEEP COMPANIES SAFE

CLAYTON UTZ LAUNCHES APP TO KEEP COMPANIES SAFE

CLAYTON Utz aims to provide a sense of comfort to those dealing with serious safety and environment accidents with the launch of a new interactive app. The CU SAFE (Serious Accident, Fatality and Environmental) Incident Response app provides users with a step-by-step guide on what to do in the event of a serious accident or incident by pa...

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A CALL FOR ALL LEGAL INNOVATORS

A CALL FOR ALL LEGAL INNOVATORS

AUSTRALIA'S leading legal innovators are being encouraged to enter The 2015 ALPMA/InfoTrack Thought Leadership Awards and showcase the projects that are re-defining the way law firms and legal departments operate. Legal firms and in-house legal departments are invited to enter now (CLICK HERE) with any type of innovative project from a...

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ASX100 CHIEF LEGAL OFFICERS TO ADVOCATE FOR 'PRACTICABLE REFORMS'

ASX100 CHIEF LEGAL OFFICERS TO ADVOCATE FOR 'PRACTICABLE REFORMS'

THE Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) has launched the ACLA GC100, an independent, invitation-only forum for the most senior legal executives of Australia's largest companies to share knowledge, experience, and contribute an expert legal voice to national policy debate including reforms to company and business law. The A...

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OPINION: CLOSING THE DEAL

OPINION: CLOSING THE DEAL

Tim discovers a crucial deal cannot go ahead because a meeting was held 48 hours after it was supposed to occur. Without a properly signed and dated set of minutes, his client Sally stands to lose millions. Knowing this, Sally asks Tim to sign and date a set of minutes that purport to record the meeting as having been held before the deadline...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... DAN CREEVEY

FIVE MINUTES WITH... DAN CREEVEY

DAN Creevey is the principal of Creevey Russell Lawyers, a Brisbane and Toowoomba full-service firm that operates with a fixed price promise.  Creevey was admitted in 1982 and currently practices in the key areas of litigation, crime and dispute resolution. Notable cases have included a range of murder trials, native title claims, co...

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DLA PIPER HELPS FINALISE SECOND LOT OF SCHOOLS IN NZ

DLA PIPER HELPS FINALISE SECOND LOT OF SCHOOLS IN NZ

THE Brisbane office of DLA Piper has bolstered its Trans-Tasman reach, after advising Hawkins Group Limited in New Zealand. The construction firm has secured the contract to complete the New Zealand Schools II Public Private Partnership, in conjunction with other providers. As part of the Future Schools Partners (FSP) consortium, Morr...

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CHIEF JUSTICE TIM CAROMDY SET TO STAND DOWN

CHIEF JUSTICE TIM CAROMDY SET TO STAND DOWN

QUEENSLAND'S Chief Justice Tim Carmody is set to resign following ongoing tensions with senior members of the judiciary. In a statement released this morning, Carmody says he is willing to leave the office of Chief Justice if it is in the overall best interests of Queenslander and "if the net gain of leaving exceeds that of stayi...

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LAWYER OF BALI NINE DUO TO FIGHT DEATH SENTENCE OF BOSTON BOMBER

LAWYER OF BALI NINE DUO TO FIGHT DEATH SENTENCE OF BOSTON BOMBER

THE lawyer of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran says Australians should vocally oppose the death sentence brought down against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in killing four people and the wounding of hundreds of others in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Lawyer Veronica Haccou, who vowed to Chan and Sukumaran just hours before their exec...

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LEGAL BODY CONVERGES TO CONDEMN BALI NINE EXECUTIONS

LEGAL BODY CONVERGES TO CONDEMN BALI NINE EXECUTIONS

THE reason for a new lawyers' network that has been established in response to the Bali Nine executions this week is two-fold the punishment will not deter the crime and Australians need better education on cross-cultural matters.

Asia Pacific Lawyers Network (APLN) believes Indonesia's "renewed vigorous use of the death pen...

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FROM A LONE LAWYER TO A TEAM OF 100

FROM A LONE LAWYER TO A TEAM OF 100

MULLINS Lawyers has celebrated 35 years in business, attributing the success and longevity of the firm to "being respected, respectful and respectable". The firm was established by the late Patrick Mullins OAM in 1980, with his sons John Mullins and Patrick Mullins Jnr becoming partners in 1981. The firm has grown and divers...

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RISING NASDAQ STAR SEEKS DLA PIPER BRISBANE GUIDANCE

RISING NASDAQ STAR SEEKS DLA PIPER BRISBANE GUIDANCE

DLA Piper Brisbane lawyers have helped advise New York-headquartered On Deck Capital, Inc. on its first project outside the US, a joint venture with MYOB and a group of local investors.

On Deck Capital Australia Pty Ltd. has emerged from a partnership with MYOB and prominent Australian technology investors including Andrew Bassat and Jason Le...

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5 MINUTES WITH... GLENN FERGUSON

5 MINUTES WITH... GLENN FERGUSON

GLENN Ferguson is the Managing Director of Ferguson Cannon Lawyers and a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. As an experienced lawyer, he has acted in complex disputes and transactions for a range of clients both nationally and internationally and is also an Accredited Specialist and Registered Mi...

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STOP TWEETING, START MOOTING

STOP TWEETING, START MOOTING

DELIVER more than 140 characters or less Tweets and filtered images on Mootis, a new social media and microblogging platform created for lawyers.

Launched in the UK by barrister and Queen's Counsel, Bill Braithwaite QC in January 2015, Mootis has since garnered more than 10,000 active users and is now gearing up for an official Australian...

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BOND LAW BUDDIES UP WITH SWITZERLAND

BOND LAW BUDDIES UP WITH SWITZERLAND

BOND University's Faculty of Law will partner with the Swiss International Law School (SiLS), enabling Masters of Laws students to undertake a dual degree between the two universities and receive qualifications from both institutions.

The Swiss International Law School is an online university that offers a global Master of Laws (LLM) prog...

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TUCKER & COWEN PARTNERS SCOOP AWARDS POOL

TUCKER & COWEN PARTNERS SCOOP AWARDS POOL

TUCKER & Cowen has blitzed the latest Doyle's Guide rankings, with three partners being singled out.

Richard Cowen, David Tucker (pictured left) and David Schwarz have bolstered the Adelaide Street firm's Tier 1 ranking for Insolvency. Founding partner Tucker says the appraisal reaffirms his team is on the right track, an...

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SWAPPING THE TOOL BELT FOR A SUIT AND TIE

SWAPPING THE TOOL BELT FOR A SUIT AND TIE

FROM the work site to the court room, Paul Hick (pictured) is proving that real industry experience really pays off in construction law. At just 14, Hick started his career as an apprentice carpenter then progressed into various industry roles including subcontractor, estimator, project manager and drafter, and after 22 years in the indus...

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PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

LET your feet do the pleading on May 12 at the Queensland Legal Walk.

The 5km walk is being held in Brisbane and regional centres including the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, Toowoomba and Cairns.

The event aims to raise $100,000 to support pro bono legal services of private firms and community legal centres for disadvantaged members ...

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UQ MOOTING TEAM WINS BIG IN BEIJING

UQ MOOTING TEAM WINS BIG IN BEIJING

THE University of Queensland mooting team has taken out another international title, winning the 6th International Air Law Moot Court Competition, held in Beijing. UQ law students Georgina Morgan, Amina Karcic and Ella Rooney (picutred) represented Australia in the competition, which ran from 9-12 April. Director of Mooting Associate ...

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BRISBANE FIRM AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE IN ITS FIRST YEAR

BRISBANE FIRM AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE IN ITS FIRST YEAR

BRISBANE-based boutique corporate law firm Talbot Sayer has outranked Australia and New Zealand's top-tier firms by placing first in the Thomson Reuters league tables for deals up to $50 million in the first quarter of 2015, just 12 months after opening its doors. The firm also placed equal first with Allens Linklaters and Herbert Smi...

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